Getting stronger?: Idaho Democrats begin nine-stop caucus road show Friday

One of the nation’s weakest Democratic parties says it’s getting stronger, in part because of new caucuses representing business, youth, women, veterans, Latinos, Mormons and LGBTA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender). On Friday, the party begins a nine-city string of caucus meetings that run through July 27.

“The Idaho Democratic Party is growing and these caucuses are bringing new energy,” says a state party news release which invites people to attend and join local caucuses.

Starting Friday at 5 p.m. at the University of Idaho, caucus meetings will be held in Moscow, Coeur d’Alene, Plummer, Lewiston, Twin Falls, Hailey, Idaho Falls, Pocatello and Boise.

Activist training sponsored by the state party and Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus will be held at five of the sites: Coeur d’Alene, Plummer, Hailey, Pocatello and Boise.

Idaho Democrats hold 20 of 105 seats in the Legislature, none of the seven statewide constitutional offices and none of the state’s four seats in Congress. In 2014, all 105 legislative seats will be contested; along with all the constitutional offices, including governor; both U.S. House seats and the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Jim Risch.

The party’s news release follows. For more information: 336-1815.


Idaho Democratic Caucuses Traveling Idaho


Meet and join the Idaho Democratic Caucuses in a city near you! The Idaho Democratic Party is growing and these caucuses are bringing new energy. The IDP is on the road for the next 1½ weeks, traveling Idaho to meet and welcome supporters and introduce the caucuses. Some locations also include training for grassroots activists (* indicates activist training), sponsored by the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus and the IDP.

Dates and locations are as follows:

  • Moscow at 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, July 12; Rm. 103 at the U of I Menard Law Bldg.
  • *Coeur d’Alene from 1-5 p.m., Sat., July 13; the Union Hall on 1124 Sherman Blvd.
  • * Plummer, 1-5 p.m., Sunday, July 14; Wellness Center on 1115 A Street.
  • Lewiston, 5-6 p.m., Monday, July 15; Labor Hall on 1618 Idaho St.
  • Twin Falls, 5-6 p.m., Wed., July 17; IBEW office on 1525 Addison Ave E Ste. C12.
  • * Hailey, 5-9 p.m., Thursday, July 18; Community Campus on 1050 Fox Acres Rd.
  • Idaho Falls, 5-6 p.m., Fri., July 19; County Commission Office; 605 N Capital Ave #102
  • *Pocatello, 1:30-5:30 p.m., Saturday, July 20; BCD Office on 355 Yellowstone Ave.
  • *Boise, Time TBA, Sat., July 27; Ada Cty Library-Victory Branch on 10664 Victory Rd.

Idaho Democratic party welcomes a diverse and exciting blend. To better represent these unique communities and better engage them in Idaho politics, several Idaho Democratic Caucuses have formed: Latino, Women, Veteran’s, LDS, LGBTA, Business and the Idaho Young Democrats.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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